MANILA — Gazini Ganados, the Philippines' candidate to the 64th Miss Universe pageant, gave "pride and glory" to her country despite failing to crack the Top 10, Malacañang said Monday.
The 23-year-old beauty queen from Talisay, Cebu placed in the Top 20, failing to secure a back-to-back win with 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo lauded Ganados "for representing our country well in the Miss Universe pageant."
"Ms. Ganados has given pride and glory to the Filipino nation by showcasing the unique beauty and talent of the Filipina," he said in a statement.
"Her experience in joining the prestigious beauty pageant should add further to her development as a beauty queen," said the Palace official.
Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, besting 89 other contestants and making her the first wearer of the new Mouawad crown.